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Rated PG-13 • 2h33
TV Guide Magazine by
Excellent, but nasty stuff.
The New York Times by
The excitement derives entirely from the awareness of nitroglycerine and the gingerly, breathless handling of it. You sit there waiting for the theatre to explode.
Slant Magazine by
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear now seems much less like Salt of the Earth-as-a-potboiler and a lot more like the spiritual godfather to every testosterone-fueled thrill ride since.
Wages of Fear is the kind of motion picture for which commonplace phrases like "white-knuckle tension ride" have been coined.
Chicago Reader by
A significant influence on Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, this grueling pile driver of a movie will keep you on the edge of your seat, though it reeks of French 50s attitude, which includes misogyny, snobbishness, and borderline racism.
Time Out by
Here's where it's easiest to see Clouzot's advantage over his more famous peer, as he combines nail-biting action scenes - calibrated to the millimeter - with a Hawksian command of earthy performances.
Austin Chronicle by
This film, the inspiration for the less successful Sorcerer, is a textbook case of how to handle suspense. It has also been called the cruelest movie ever made and it certainly earns that title by the film's end.
The A.V. Club by
Deriving endless anxiety from brawny men moving as gingerly as possible, it’s a riveting anti-action movie, one of the most memorable high-concept pictures ever made in Europe.
Washington Post by
A precursor of The Wild Bunch, it is an expertly directed, personally felt film.
Chicago Sun-Times by
The film's extended suspense sequences deserve a place among the great stretches of cinema.
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